First Israel Deported a Convert From Kenya. Now Birthright Might Cancel an Entire Trip for African Jews
Plan to bring 40 Ugandan converts on an Israel tour is at risk amid fears the participants wouldn’t be allowed in, officials at the Jewish Agency and world Conservative movement say
Plans to bring a first-ever group of Ugandan Jews to Israel on a Birthright trip are in jeopardy following the recent deportation of a member of their community.
The group of 40 Ugandans had been scheduled to arrive in Israel in late May on the free 10-day trip available to young Jewish adults from around the world. But Birthright officials are now concerned the group may be turned away upon arrival, just as 31-year-old Yehuda Kimani was, because the immigration authorities do not consider them Jewish.READ MORE